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Should Maryland, Other States Legislate the End of Spanking?

Spanking your kids is really just hitting the defenseless, anti-spanking advocates say.

State Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Montgomery) would like to see legal restrictions on the use of physical punishment against children in Maryland.

So far, he has had little success.

“It’s really entrenched in the culture. I do think we need a social movement against violence in the home," Raskin told The Washington Post in a report on a growing effort by legislators and activists to end the practice of spanking in the United States.

It's a complex issue rooted in culture and an American aversion to "the nanny state."

Read more about Raskin's role and the national effort in The Washington Post magazine's parenting edition online, and let us know in the comments section how you feel about parental spanking.

Do you take the stance of, "I was spanked and I turned out fine?" Or, do you see spanking as a parenting approach whose time has come and gone?

jag January 13, 2013 at 05:22 AM
Craig, now you're being flat idiotic. Two consenting adults is completely different from assaulting children against their will. You're flat evil from the looks of your comments.
jag January 13, 2013 at 05:23 AM
How is it barbaric to eat? How do you "make" meat? How many brain cells do you use when typing these crap comments?
Craig January 17, 2013 at 04:56 AM
What about casinos jag? Gambling is pretty good for the poor folks isn't it?
Craig January 17, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Jag - it may be two consenting adults, but I view it as barbaric. Men dressed in leather and whipping one another. It just seems barbaric. We need to ban it.
Craig January 17, 2013 at 04:59 AM
I love it when jag gets shrill. OK: one makes meat-based products. Does that suffice? Have you been to a slaughterhouse, read about one or seen footage? Pretty darn barbaric. We should ban pork, beef and chicken. The way these animals are killed is barbaric to some. We should ban it. See how slippery this slope becomes?

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